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  • US airstrikes target Islamic militants in Iraq

    21 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq. U.S. Central Command says military forces using fighter aircraft launched two airstrikes northwest of Irbil ...

  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

    1 hour, 49 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in five American cities. He says the shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ...

  • US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    7 hours, 49 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declining to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday that it's up to Latin America ...

  • Downed wires suspend DC-Philly Amtrak service

    9 hours, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak says it's now providing limited service from Washington to Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. Amtrak had suspended service on the Acela Express and on the Northwest Regional lines Tuesday morning because of downed overhead wires on the ...

  • AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    14 hours, 32 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Officials said the U.S. has a ...

  • As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    14 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. America's 13-year campaign against al-Qaida tamped down its core leadership. But the terror group's followers, offshoots and wannabes have spread. According to analysts, the ...

  • White House backs use of body cameras by police

    21 hours, 44 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to the mistrust between police and their communities that fueled unrest last month in Ferguson, Missouri. More than 150,000 people signed an ...

  • AP sources: First US strike in expanded Iraq fight

    23 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy ...

  • AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

    23 hours, 44 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials say the United States would retaliate if Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) were to order his forces to go after American planes launching airstrikes against terror targets in Syria. The officials say ...

  • Obama civil rights nominee withdraws

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to be the government's chief civil rights attorney has officially resigned from consideration for the post. Obama tapped Debo Adegbile for the Justice Department job last year. But a bipartisan group of senators ...

  • Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

    1 day, 2 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York's ...

  • US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there. Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, was convicted Sunday of entering the ...

  • Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq. The State Department said Monday that Kerry would convene the council on Friday ...

  • Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from a Qatar air base in the global war on extremism. Tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President ...

  • Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

    1 day, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. ...

  • Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    1 day, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Jill Kelley ...

  • No DC gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

    1 day, 6 hours ago

    (AP) NEW YORK (AP) — While many liberal policy goals have proved elusive during Barack Obama's presidency, there have been dramatic advances for two causes that once seemed quixotic — the legalization of same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana. Neither ...

  • US creating programs to counter extremists

    1 day, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. ...

  • US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic. The U.S. evacuated the facility in Bangui, suspended operations and urged Americans to leave in December 2012 because of sectarian violence that left ...

  • US outlines goals against Islamic State group

    2 days, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — As the United States works to assemble a coalition against the Islamic State group, the White House is trying to make clear what a successful outcome would be. President Barack Obama's chief of staff puts it this ...

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